Monday, December 29, 2014

Review: When Dawn Breaks by Jennifer Slattery

When Dawn Breaks
by Jennifer Slattery 
Adult 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.50
Published by: New Hope Publishers
Pages: 320


Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


As the hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate, her need for purpose and restitution forces her to head north to her estranged and embittered daughter and into the arms of a handsome new friend. Dealing with his own issues, Jacqueline isn t sure if he will be the one she can lean on during the difficult days ahead. And then there are the three orphans to consider, especially Gavin. Must she relinquish her chance at having love again in order to be restored?"

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I wanted to like this one. I thought it had great potential and for some reason I just couldn't get into it. I kept waiting for something big to happen.

I felt bogged down. And yet, I loved the overall message and the overall story. I just felt like I couldn't connect to the characters. I did love Gavin and loved reading his story. But to be honest a lot of the rest of it just was slow.

I felt like the pacing could have been better. I think there were just too many character threads to follow. Having said that, I did enjoy the novel. 

I think fans of Christian fiction will like this one, especially fans who love Christian fiction dealing with families. Just for me, I had a hard time connecting with it. 

So why 3 stars?  Because even though I felt bogged down by the story and thought it was slow, I did enjoy it and did feel like it was worth reading. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None. It's suitable for all ages. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable novel but one that is a little bit slow and follows many different characters. If you like novels that are fast-paced, this is not one for you. If you like novels that are slower and really delve into family life, then give it a shot. 

Love,

Danica Page

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